Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in.

More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing.

The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates of anxiety and depression continue to skyrocket as millions search for stress-relievers. From gardening to mindfulness-apps or vitamin D supplements, there are few whose psychological health hasn’t led them to try out new coping mechanisms due to the uncertainty of our times. Unsurprisingly, there has also been a surge in demand for prescription medications. The illegal sale of benzodiazepines alone has increased by 25% in the UK.

When used appropriately…


A growing body of research shows that a high-quality diet can boost brain performance and protect us from a host of mental health conditions. Our experts at Paracelsus Recovery explain why food impacts our brain just as much as it does our body.

In recent years, scientists discovered a link between nutrition and depression. These results may seem surprising, as we often mistake depression for a strictly cognitive issue. But, we now know that nurturing the mind-body relationship is crucial for mental health recovery.
In recent years, scientists discovered a link between nutrition and depression. These results may seem surprising, as we often mistake depression for a strictly cognitive issue. But, we now know that nurturing the mind-body relationship is crucial for mental health recovery.
In recent years, scientists discovered a link between nutrition and depression. These results may seem surprising, as we often mistake depression for a strictly cognitive issue. But, we now know that nurturing the mind-body relationship is crucial for mental health recovery.

The coronavirus pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Anxiety, depression and burnout continue to skyrocket, and leaders worldwide know they need to act, but they face a difficult task. However, if we focus on nutritional psychiatry, we can find hope on the horizon (and in our fridge.)

We know that our diet impacts…


Experts warn that the pandemic may lead to a mental health crisis amongst children. Parents know they need to act, but it can be hard figuring out what steps to take. Our experts recommend celebrating the small-wins and using empathetic listening.

More parents are spending less time with their children. As a result, children are lonelier than ever before.

Socialising is crucial for robust mental health, which the pandemic brought into sharp focus. Mental health issues continue to skyrocket as stress, isolation and loneliness take their toll on our wellbeing. However, while we are all struggling with varying degrees of social deprivation, children and teenagers are extra-vulnerable to its psychological impact.

“Numerous studies show that social media can…


Dr. Marta Ra speaking on times radio
Dr. Marta Ra speaking on times radio
Times Radio interview with Ayesha Hazarika

We are nearly a year into the global pandemic, and it is taking its toll on everyone’s mental health. At Paracelsus Recovery, we have seen a drastic increase in referrals for numerous problems. For instance, many of our clients are struggling with burnout, depression or substance abuse. But, we have also seen a spike in lesser-known issues. Gaming addiction in young people skyrocketed during the lockdowns, and boardroom-bullying is becoming pervasive.

In light of these growing challenges, it is more important than ever to break the mental health stigma and reach out for support if you are struggling.

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Across the globe, cases of depression skyrocket as the 2020 pandemic continues. To cope with this fast-approaching mental health crisis, experts are thinking outside the box.

Disclaimer: Paracelsus Recovery does not endorse the consumption of illegal substances. Without adequate assistance, guidance, and health-related necessity, the effects of psychedelic substances pose grave risks for our health.

The number of people suffering from depression doubled during the pandemic. Depression is a challenging mental health condition, and up to one-third of patients will not respond to treatment. As such, a fast-approaching mental health crisis is well underway. It is nothing new to say that leaders need to act, but how to respond remains a complicated question.

However, in our pre-pandemic world, there was a shift in the way we approach mental health…


During lockdown, many of us were at home, anxious about the future, bored, and next to well-stocked pantries, leading to a lot of stress eating. With a lonely festive season ahead of us, are people falling back into unhealthy eating habits?

When we entered that first lockdown, many of us found comfort in the thought, ‘we’ll get through these months, and then the end of the year will be all that much better.’ This helped frame our perspective and keep our spirits high. …


A Compassionate Twitter Thread Explains Why Battling a Mental Illness is so Exhausting.

We now know that our mental health is in constant communication with our physical health.
We now know that our mental health is in constant communication with our physical health.
Mental health is in constant communication with our physical health

Over the last decade, our understanding of mental health has seen exponential growth. We now know that our mental health is in constant communication with our physical health. Thus, just as physical illness leaves us run down and exhausted — so too does mental illness. PJ Palits, a mental health advocate and art director in the Philippines, has beautifully articulated this connection in her twitter thread — ‘Allow me to Explain why Mental Illness can Make People so Tired.’ The original post went viral in January 2018…


Studies (Kenny, 2014) show that the stress, isolation, and bullying that comes with living in the public eye can decrease your lifespan by 25 years.

It is well-known that the rise in celebrity culture grew in tandem with the advent of social media
It is well-known that the rise in celebrity culture grew in tandem with the advent of social media

It is well-known that the rise in celebrity culture grew in tandem with the advent of social media. However, while these are new societal phenomena, they did not emerge out of a vacuum. As early as 1838, Charles Dickens noted that he had begun to suspect that celebrity will rob me of my dignity.’ Flash forward to over 182 years later, and this fear Dickens articulated has reached newfound heights.

Today, we subject celebrities to…


Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is an internationally renowned psychotherapist and author. Dr. Paul is a clinical and consulting psychotherapist who, like Paracelsus Recovery, specializes in treating celebrities and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. A member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, he’s a licensed marriage and family therapist and was certified as a clinical trauma professional. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in psychology, Dr. Paul holds a doctorate in law. Dr. Paul is the author of Fragile Power, Why Having Everything is Never Enough, which poignantly explains why successful people are stigmatized, how lonely it can be at the top…


While the ‘troubled artist’ stereotype is almost as old as art itself, mental health challenges in the music industry are reaching epidemic proportions.

Five Tips for Looking After Your Mental Health in the Music Industry
Five Tips for Looking After Your Mental Health in the Music Industry
Five Tips for Looking After Your Mental Health in the Music Industry

One particularly pervasive (and until recently very overlooked) mental health condition that artists have an increased likelihood of developing is bipolar disorder. For example, a groundbreaking Sweedish (2012) study found that when they analysed 700,000 Swedish teenagers, the 16-year-olds who excelled in creativity were four times more likely to develop bipolar disorder than their less-artistic counterparts. Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of depression and sadness combined with periods of manic elation, during which an individual can…

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